Monday, February 07, 2005

Access to Information, or NYT's online content policies: could they suck any more?

At school today: a 23 minute class called Advisory. Two students explained that it was supposed to be "like extra guidance stuff." They'd seen "a lot of 'don't do drugs and stuff'" videos lately and also had talked (heard?) about plagiarism. Today, I had career crossword puzzles for them. Most students humored me and did it. I almost told the girl with the picture from Edward Scissorhands that I had just watched that movie again last night, for the first time in more than 10 years, but I sensed she was mad at me for asking her to stop applying make-up earlier.

Capital City weather: sunny, low 60s


Anonymous said...

If you think of it as an online archive, yes pay-per-article sucks. On the other hand, if you think of it as a newspaper... Well, it's in-depth news (not like those soundbite-articles on MSN and AoL) delivered free to wherever you happen to be... Not so bad.

Just a different perspective.

Lisa said...

I don't disagree with you. After all, the microfilmed and paper copies of the Times I can read for free at the library were paid for by the university or public library, so I can see that someone needs to pay for the service of keeping old issues on a server and indexing them.

I mean to write more about this public service: Find It Virginia ( provides selected Times articles since the 1980s to Virginians with nearly any library card.